By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on January 11th, 2011 in General
Today, Daughters of the Wind turned three.
I recall starting this blog on January 11, 2008, towards the last days of my wife’s pregnancy, to keep in touch with a small circle of likeminded friends and breeders of asil Arabians. I had become aware that the duties of a soon-to-be-father were going to make it harder for me to see these friends and enjoy the horses and the horse talk as often as I would have liked, and I felt I had to find a way to remain in touch online. This small circle of breeders and horse enthusiasts had been exchanging regular group emails about preservations issues, and I thought a blog would provide an appropriate platform.
I never thought it would become what it is now: a truly global community of enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation of the original qualities and heritage of the asil Arabian horse. Neither did I ever think it would achieve its current status as the number 1 most visited website on Arabian horses at large.
Indeed, a quick look at traffic ranking websites this morning puts Daughters of the Wind among the 75,000 most visited websites in the USA on any subject, up from 12 millions when it started. This ranks it well above than both the straightegyptians.com discussion forum (ranked in the 270,000 this morning) and the egyptianbreeders.com forum (121,000), in terms of traffic in the USA, and on par with them in terms of global traffic.
Today, Daughters of the Wind averages about a thousand unique readers on any given day, and over two million clicks since its inception. It’s not bad for a non-commercial website whose primary concern are not the ubiquitous asil Egyptian horses, but rather the much more low-profile asil horses of Arabia, Syria, North Africa, and the few hundred Arabians in North America and Europe that trace to non-Straight Egyptian desert bloodlines.
You, the readers and friends of Daughters of the Wind, are the primary cause of this achievement. Your interest and involvement in this website creates the thriving online community that learns, shares and act so that we can all continue to enjoy these horses the way they were originally created. So keep reading and commenting and contributing and correcting, and I will keep posting.
Meanwhile, the little girl who was still in her mother’s womb on January 11, 2008, is now a pre-schooler who loves her new lunchbox.